Reasons to Work with INCLUDEnyc
1. You will help create a more inclusive city and better futures for families and young people with disabilities.
2. You will work with a group of caring, thoughtful, genuine people.
3. We treat our people well, from benefits to flexibility.
4. We try to practice what we preach. You will use your head and your heart, earn opportunities to grow and develop, and do it all in a culture that values collaboration, initiative, and results.
HOW WE HIRE
Because our services are personal, hiring is one of the very most important decisions we make. We put a lot of thought and energy into how we evaluate candidates. That means that our hiring process might be more involved than what you have experienced.
What to Expect in the Hiring Process
Our hiring process includes several opportunities on both sides. If you move through all the steps, a typical process, in roughly this order, might consist of:
- an initial screening call
- an in-person interview with potential colleagues and managers, which may include discussion or walking through some real-life scenarios
- a written exercise, and—for some jobs—an on-site demonstration
- a second meeting with team members
- a final meeting with the Executive Director
We recognize that this process requires an investment of your time, and also believe that a thorough process gives you the opportunity to get to know us as well.
Please note that our hiring process is also highly competitive. When we have an opening, it is usually the result of the organization's growth. We receive many applicants, and end up turning away some fantastic people in the process.
Our positions require a unique combination of skills, experience, and philosophical alignment. We’ve turned down candidates in the past who we knew would go on to do fantastic things (and they have) but where the fit wasn’t quite right for the work we do.
We say this to emphasize that if we don’t end up working together, it’s likely because we have an incredibly competitive candidate pool, combined with the fact that what we’re looking for is often unique.
Reports to: Manager, Youth and Transition Services
INCLUDEnyc works to bring love, equity, and access to young people with disabilities in New York City. INCLUDEnyc has helped to make the city more inclusive for 35 years. With a staff of 32 and a budget of $3.2 million, INCLUDEnyc works to improve the lives of families through one‐on‐one support, training, and providing information resources. Through its services, INCLUDEnyc gives families the knowledge, confidence, and skills to make informed decisions, to effectively access and navigate systems and services, and to advocate for themselves and other young people with disabilities and their families.
The Youth Educator, part of the Youth and Transition Services team, provides direct assistance, postsecondary counseling and training to youth (in high school settings), parents, and professionals working with young people with disabilities. Youth educators help young people and families develop postsecondary plans and navigate special education and other systems, such as college and job training programs, as well as supporting the development of soft skills and self advocacy skills. The Youth Educator conducts community outreach; collaborates with schools, community organizations, and other stakeholders to promote positive outcomes for youth with disabilities; and develops and disseminates information and resources to families.
- Provide one-to-one postsecondary counseling (college and vocational training) to youth with disabilities and their families both in person and over the phone, assess needs, and connect them to the appropriate support and resources. Follow up with youth to ensure progress toward their goals and that their needs are being met.
- Support youth in developing essential skills, such as communication, self advocacy and self disclosure skills.
- Maintain accurate and timely program data in secure Salesforce database.
- Develop and deliver workshops for youth enrolled in postsecondary program on topics, such as professional networking, email skills, Google Drive skills, traveling around NYC, and developing healthy living habits.
- Facilitate self advocacy workshops for students with disabilities in partner high schools around New York City.
- Facilitate parent and professional development trainings on topics, such as transition planning, college access and seeking accommodations, and building self advocacy skills for students.
- Reflect on and refine personal training practices on an ongoing basis.
- Maintain accurate and timely program data in secure Salesforce database on workshop delivery and attendance.
- Attend conferences, participate in coalition and policy meetings, on special education, transition and youth issues, as well as represent INCLUDEnyc at outreach events as needed.
- Develop and maintain relationships with partner schools, organizations and host sites.
- Develop and maintain relationships with Care Coordinators, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and other stakeholders in youth’s life.
- Participate in ongoing feedback loops and professional development trainings on counseling and training practices.
- Bachelor’s degree or high school diploma and equivalent work experience required.
- Master’s degree in Special Education, Social Work or related field strongly preferred.
- Written and spoken fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
- 3+ years working with young adults with disabilities in educational or vocational context.
- Education or counseling background strongly preferred, especially experience with special education system, IEP process, and/or transition aged youth.
- Self directed, well organized, and committed to program efficiency with a strong ability to multitask.
- Strong problem solving and interpersonal skills, with the ability to remain calm, patient, and professional when faced with difficult or demanding situations.
- Excellent interpersonal, presentation, written, and verbal communication skills.
- Eagerness to receive and implement feedback on counseling practices and training practices.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Apps for Business (Gmail, Docs/Drive/Calendar); working knowledge of Salesforce preferred.
- Willingness/ability to travel extensively via public transportation to locations across the five boroughs.
- Occasional evenings and Saturdays required.
- Demonstrated commitment to INCLUDEnyc’s mission of building positive educational outcomes for young New Yorkers with disabilities, parent leadership, and self advocacy skills in youth.
Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements in .doc or .pdf format, subject line: “LAST NAME_Youth Educator” to email@example.com.
As an equal opportunity employer, INCLUDEnyc believes that equal opportunity for all employees is important for the continuing success of our organization. In accordance with state and federal law, INCLUDEnyc employment decisions and practices will not be influenced or affected by race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex, marital status, veteran status, disability, age or any other characteristic protected by law.